Positive Covid-19 result rules Scheffler out of US Open

Ruben Hill
September 14, 2020

English golfer Sam Horsfield has withdrawn from this week's 120th US Open Championship after testing positive for Covid-19, organisers said Monday.

The USGA said Scheffler, the leading candidate as PGA Tour rookie of the year, was asymtomatic and at home in Dallas.

Grace also holds the major championship record with a 62 in the third round at Royal Birkdale in the 2017 British Open.

Scheffler's history with the USGA dates to his victory in the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur.

Horsfield had qualified for the U.S. Open by virtue of his standing in a compilation of U.K. Swing events that the USGA used to set the 144-player field. "Scottie has had a phenomenal rookie season and we look forward to welcoming him back to the U.S. Open Championship for many years to come". He played the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in 2015 and at Oakmont in 2016 through U.S. qualifiers as an amateur, and he played past year at Pebble Beach by qualifying through the sectional qualifier in England.

Scheffler had seven top-10s in 23 starts in the 2020 season.

Scottie Scheffler, who won 2019 Korn Ferry Tour Rookie of the Year and is poised to win the same award from the PGA Tour for the recently completed 2019-20 campaign, will not be in the field at Winged Foot this week for the U.S. Open.

The South African has won nine European Tour events and the PGA Tour's RBC Heritage in 2016.

"It goes without saying that I am hugely disappointed to not have the opportunity to play in my fourth U.S. Open but clearly the safety of the tournament and other players is paramount", Horsfield said in a message posted to Twitter.

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